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How to use Qantas Frequent Flyer Points

Whether you want to redeem free flights, upgrades or gift cards, discover all the ways you can cash in your Qantas Frequent Flyer Points.

There are many ways to collect Qantas Frequent Flyer Points. You can earn them when flying with Qantas and its partner airlines, spending with a Qantas credit card or shopping at the Qantas Online Mall. Regardless of how you’ve picked up your Qantas Points, there are just as many ways to spend them.

From flights and holiday packages to car hire and products from the Qantas Store, this guide takes you through all of the different ways you can spend your points and how you can get the most from your rewards.

How to use your Qantas Points

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Flights

As a frequent flyer program, flights are the most obvious way to spend your Qantas Points. Read on to find out how you can use your points to redeem flights, upgrade existing flight bookings or use a combination of points and cash for your next trip.

Classic Flight Rewards

You can use your Qantas Points to fly almost anywhere with Qantas and its network of 35 partner airlines and affiliates. While there are many one-way, return and multi-destination Classic Flight Reward destinations available, these are subject to availability and you may need to be a little flexible with travel dates and flight times.

The number of points required will also depend on the fare class (for example, economy or business), destination, route and retail cost of the flight.

When browsing flights on the Qantas website, you can opt to search Classic Flight Rewards to compare available routes and the number of points you’ll need. But to give you an idea of how far your points could take you, we’ve provided a few examples below. Please note that we’ve given a few different domestic and international options, and we’ve varied the routes and fare classes to show you how the points cost can vary depending on these details.

Fare classReturn/one wayDepartureDestinationNumber of points
EconomyReturnSydney, CanberraBrisbane16,000
EconomyReturnSydney, Brisbane, CanberraDarwin32,000
BusinessOne waySydney, Brisbane, CanberraAuckland36,000
BusinessReturnSydney, Brisbane, CanberraHong Kong120,000
EconomyOne waySydney, Brisbane, CanberraDubai45,000
BusinessOne waySydneySan Francisco96,000
BusinessReturnAdelaide, HobartSydney48,000
EconomyReturnAdelaideGold Coast19,200
EconomyOne wayAdelaideRome55,000
BusinessReturnAdelaideDenpasar57,600
EconomyReturnAdelaideNew York120,000
BusinessOne wayPerthDarwin36,000
EconomyReturnPerthParis110,000
EconomyOne wayPerth, DarwinDublin55,000
EconomyReturnPerth, DarwinChristchurch45,000
EconomyReturnDarwinLos Angeles110,000
EconomyReturnHobartPhuket70,000
BusinessOne wayHobartLas Vegas96,000

Details sourced from the Qantas website and correct at the time of writing in August 2017.

It’s also important to note that additional taxes, fees and carrier charges may apply in addition to the points required.

Partnered airlines

While you can’t exchange your Qantas Points for frequent flyer points with another loyalty program, you can use your points to redeem flights with partnered airlines. You can redeem your points with airlines within the oneworld Alliance, including Jetstar, American Airlines, Emirates, British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines.

Points plus pay

If you don’t have enough points to redeem your chosen Classic Flight Reward, you can opt to pay with a combination of points and cash using “points plus pay”. You need a minimum of 5,000 points for Qantas flights or 3,500 for Jetstar flights to use points plus pay.

Classic Upgrade Rewards

If you’ve already booked your flights but would prefer to fly in luxury, you can also use your points to upgrade an existing flight to a higher fare class. The number of points you’ll need for a Classic Upgrade Reward will depend on the fare class you’re upgrading to and the route of the flight. However, you can log into your frequent flyer account and manage your flights to request an upgrade and compare your options.

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Qantas Club

The Qantas Club offers frequent flyer members unlimited access to the largest airline lounge network in Australia and overseas as well as exclusive check-in services and complimentary guest visits. The perks you can expect from your Qantas Club membership include:

  • Lounge access. Members receive unlimited access to the Qantas Club, Qantas International Business as well as selected lounges when travelling with partnered airlines
  • Guest visits. Members can invite one complimentary guest each time they travel.
  • On Departure Upgrade Rewards. You can use your Qantas Points to upgrade domestic Classic Flight Rewards on departure.
  • Additional checked baggage and priority check-in. You can take advantage of additional checked baggage when flying Economy and Premium Economy, plus you’ll receive priority check-in on Qantas flights.
  • Qantas meeting rooms. You can save with discounts on Qantas meeting rooms in Australia.

These perks don’t come for free, but you could save on the costs if you use your Qantas Points to cover your membership fees. Compare your options below:

Type of membershipPoints required for new membershipPoints required for membership renewalRegular cost
One year140,000 points75,000 points$399
Two years215,000 points150,000 points$980
Four years340,000 points275,000 points$1,850

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Qantas Store

If you don’t have enough points to redeem a flight or don’t have any travel plans coming up, you can also use your Qantas Points to redeem products from the Qantas Store. When you visit the online store, you can browse rewards by categories such as electronics, travel, homewares, fashion and beauty, food and wine as well as gift cards.

The number of points you’ll require will vary depending on the retail price of the product, but we’ve provided a few examples to show you the potential of your points.

ProductCategoryNumber of points required
Dr Dre Beats Pill+SpeakerElectronics51,140 points
Apple iPhone 7 32GBElectronics173,970 points
Tomtom fitness watchSports and fitness41,930 points
Shimano fishing packSports and fitness43,100 points
Michael Kors Parker Ladies Chronograph WatchFashion84,260 points
Oroton purseFashion53,260 points
Marc Jacobs Honey Eau de ParfumBeauty24,100 points
GHD v gold mini stylerBeauty49,760 points
$50 Apple iTunes gift cardGift cards9,090 points
$100 Westfield gift cardGift cards24,850 points

Details sourced from the Qantas Store and correct at the time of writing in August 2017.

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Hotels

As well as flights, you can help save on travel costs by using your points to redeem accommodation. If you redeem your points for Classic Hotel Rewards, you’ll have over 200,000 choices to compare. Whether you want to cover the cost with points or points plus pay, you can compare options ranging from budget hotels to five-star luxury resorts in Australia and overseas. Some of the popular partnered hotels include Hyatt, Shangri La and Rydges.

The number of points you’ll need will vary depending on the retail cost of the hotel, but we’ve provided a few domestic and overseas examples to show you the range of points you may need below.

HotelNumber of nightsNumber of guestsNumber of points requiredFeatures
Hyatt Regency Sydney22 adults74,541 pointsDeluxe king room
Rydges on Swanston Melbourne31 adult75,948 pointsExecutive king room
London Elizabeth Hotel52 adults145,000 pointsStandard double room
The Park Central New York41 adult205,000 pointsStandard room
Harbour Ville Hotel, Singapore11 adult28,000 pointsHarbour view superior room

Details sourced from the Qantas Hotels website and correct at the time of writing in August 2017. Booking dates vary.

When comparing your options, look out for the “Classic Reward” symbol and choose to view the prices in points.

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Car hire

Whether you’re going on a road trip for the weekend or need a car for your overseas holiday, you can also use Qantas Points to cover the cost of car hire with Qantas’ car hire partners.

The number of points you’ll need will depend on the retail cost, but you can redeem your points to pay for vehicle rentals from Avis, Budget, Hertz or Thrifty in over 600 locations worldwide.

Use our guide on Qantas car rentals for more tips on earning and spending Qantas Points on car rentals.

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Qantas epiQure

If you prefer the finer things in life, you can turn your points into pinot by redeeming your Qantas Points for wine, spirits and gourmet food from the Qantas epiQure online store.

The points price will vary depending on the retail cost, but $45 has an exchange rate of 7,200 points. So a case of 12 wines priced at $222 would cost you 35,520 points. You can browse the range and compare points prices via the epiQure website.

See our guide on Qantas epiQure for more information on how to earn and redeem points on your next wine purchase.

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Qantas Assure

While insurance is a grudge purchase for most of us, Qantas Assure helps reward frequent flyers for protecting themselves. Whether you’re looking for health insurance or travel insurance, you can use your points to cover the cost.

The number of points will vary depending on your quote. If you have enough points to cover the cost of your premium, you’ll be offered the choice of paying with points at the checkout. Visit the Qantas website to get a quote and see if you have enough points to cover your insurance policy.

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Auto rewards

If you want to make redeeming your points even more convenient, you can opt to automatically convert your Qantas Points to Woolworths eGift cards up to four times a year. Once it’s landed in your inbox, you can either print the eGift card or download it onto your phone to present at any participating Woolworths store or when shopping online to save at the checkout.

On 1 February, 1 May, 1 August and 1 November each year, Qantas totals up your points and emails you an eGift card depending on your points balance. You can compare the potential savings below:

Value of the gift cardNumber of points required
$5750 points
$101,500 points
$152,250 points
$203,000 points

The best way to spend your Qantas Points

The best ways to redeem your points will depend on the number of points you have and your rewards goals. However, you can use the following guides to get some inspiration and compare your options.

If you’re a Qantas Frequent Flyer, you’re not strapped for choices when deciding how to spend your hard-earned points. Some rewards will offer better value for your money though, so make sure to compare your options before you start spending! But for some ideas on how to spend your points, check out some of the guides below.

Earn more points with Qantas Frequent Flyer Credit Cards

Rates last updated September 22nd, 2017
Name Product Bonus Points Rewards Points per $ spent (VISA/MC) Rewards Points per $ spent (AMEX) Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Product Description
Qantas American Express Ultimate Card
100,000 bonus points
1.5
20.74% p.a.
$450 p.a.
Take advantage of a high Qantas Points earn rate and 2 American Express Airport Lounge entries each calendar year.
HSBC Platinum Qantas Credit Card
60,000 bonus points
1
19.99% p.a.
$199 p.a.
Receive complimentary Qantas Frequent Flyer membership and take advantage of complimentary international travel insurance.
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black
75,000 bonus points
1
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($425 p.a. thereafter)
Collect 75 bonus Status Credits when you apply by 31 October 2017 and meet the spend requirements.
Westpac Altitude Black - Altitude Qantas 100k Bonus Points
100,000 bonus points
0.625
1.25
20.24% p.a.
$195 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($395 p.a. thereafter)
Earn 20,000 points upon card approval and an additional 80,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the spend requirements. Offer ends 26 October 2017.
Qantas American Express Discovery Card
1
20.74% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Earn Qantas points that can be redeemed for a one way, return or multi-destination Classic Flight Reward on over 50 partner airlines.
ANZ Frequent Flyer Platinum
50,000 bonus points
0.75
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($295 p.a. thereafter)
Earn Qantas Points and take advantage of complimentary international travel insurance and a 24/7 concierge service.
NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card
90,000 bonus points
1
19.99% p.a.
$395 p.a.
Earn Qantas Points and take advantage of complimentary travel insurance and a 24/7 concierge service.
American Express Qantas Business Rewards Card
100,000 bonus points
1.25
$450 p.a.
Earn up to 2 Qantas Points per $1 spent on eligible purchases and enjoy up to 51 days interest-free on purchases.
Westpac Altitude Black - Altitude Qantas
80,000 bonus points
0.625
1.25
20.24% p.a.
$195 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($395 p.a. thereafter)
Earn up to 1.25 Qantas Points per $1, receive two Qantas Club Lounge invitations per year and save with complimentary overseas travel insurance.
David Jones American Express - Qantas Frequent Flyer
15,000 bonus points
0
0.75
20.74% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Fly faster with up to 2.25 Qantas Points per $1 spent and access a range of exclusive, complimentary instore benefits at David Jones.
Qantas American Express Premium Card
30,000 bonus points
1.25
20.74% p.a.
$249 p.a.
Take advantage of a competitive Qantas Points earn rate and two American Express Airport Lounge entries each calendar year.
Westpac Altitude Platinum Card - Altitude Qantas
60,000 bonus points
0.5
1
20.24% p.a.
$150 p.a.
Fly faster with up to 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent and receive 24/7 personal concierge services.
NAB Qantas Rewards Premium Card
25,000 bonus points
0.5
1
19.99% p.a.
$250 p.a.
A dual Amex and Visa card that comes with a 24/7 personal concierge and complimentary travel insurance.
ANZ Frequent Flyer
25,000 bonus points
0.5
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($95 p.a. thereafter)
Get 25,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online, are approved and spend $2,500 on eligible purchases within the first 3 months.

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    DarrellJuly 25, 2017

    I want to bring my daughter and her family for a visit and was hoping to use my accumulated points for the flights. Do I need to be traveling with them to use my point to book there flights?

    • Staff
      ArnoldJuly 25, 2017Staff

      Hi Darrell,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      No, you don’t have to be traveling with them for you to use your points. You can redeem your points by booking their tickets for one-way, return, or a complex set of flights) with Qantas or any of the participating airlines. The number of points required would vary based on the flight destination and other details. Under the parlance of the Qantas Frequent Flyer membership program, this is referred to as the ‘Classic Award’ option.

      Hope this information helped.

      Cheers,
      Arnold

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    GeorgeJune 18, 2017

    How many Frequent Flyer points will I need for two adults to fly return from Melbourne to Gold Coast?

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      JonathanJune 18, 2017Staff

      Hi George!

      Thanks for the inquiry.

      For one adult, one return from Melbourne – Gold Coast and Gold Coast – Melbourne is 24,000 for economy. Therefore, you would need a total of 48,000.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

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    DeniseApril 16, 2017

    How many points do I need for a hotel room in Melbourne

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      ArnoldApril 16, 2017Staff

      Hi Denise,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      You can book a one-night stay in a Melbourne boutique hotel for $275 or 43,919 points. Click this link for more information on How to use your Frequent Flyer Points.

      Hope this information helped.

      Cheers,
      Arnold

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    NickMarch 24, 2017

    How many ff points do I need

    1. Perth/Broome return

    2. Perth/Darwin return.

    Thanks

    • Staff
      AnndyMarch 24, 2017Staff

      Hi Nick,

      Thanks for your question.

      You need the following points to claim your Classic Flight Rewards:

      1. Perth/Broome return – 24,000 points (economy), 48,000 points (business class)

      2. Perth/Darwin return – 36,000 points (economy), 72,000 points (business class)

      For other destinations, you may use Qantas calculator here.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    SusanNovember 10, 2016

    Can my children 5 & 7 become frequent flyer members

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      HaroldNovember 10, 2016Staff

      Hello Susan,

      Thank you for your question.

      If you’re considering this type of strategy for your family, note that only children aged three and up are eligible to earn Qantas Points. For your additional reference you may want to check this article.

      I hope this has helped.

      Cheers,
      Harold

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    NickOctober 27, 2016

    how many
    qantas frequent flyer points do I need to fly Brisbane Perth return?

    • Staff
      HaroldOctober 27, 2016Staff

      Hello Nick

      Thanks for your question.

      You can use the Qantas Points calculator on their website to estimate how many points you’ll need, though the amount may vary depending on the particular flight you choose. Based on their website calculator you would need 2,200 Qantas Points. Please note, when you’re booking your flight, you can choose to pay with points and it will show you how many points you need to redeem the flight before you check out.

      I hope that helps.

      Cheers,
      Harold

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    MichelleOctober 3, 2016

    I’m looking at a flight to bali from 5/11/17 to 12/11/17. The cost of the return flight is $859 as of today. I have 9000 frequent flyer points. Can I put these towards the cost of the return flight? If so, what will the flight cost be reduced to?

    • Staff
      SallyOctober 10, 2016Staff

      Hi Michelle,

      Thanks for your question.

      As a financial comparison service, we’re unable to confirm exactly what the cash price difference is once you use your points to redeem a portion of the flight. This will vary from flight to flight, so you might prefer to go through the booking process, nominating that you’d like to use Points Plus Pay and see how much you’ll need to pay in cash before processing the payment. You can do this on a few different flights to compare your options.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    LeaSeptember 16, 2016

    I am wanting to fly to Bali in Jan 2017 with my husband and 3 children. I currently have 27500 points, each other family member has 17500 points. I am about to fly return to PNG next week. I am aware that we need 20000 points each. Am I able to combine all our points through the family share and book for everyone. I have had trouble just booking a return flight, no details will come up? thanks

    • Staff
      SallySeptember 19, 2016Staff

      Hi Lea,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately, Qantas doesn’t offer a family pooling system. Instead, you might need to transfer 2,500 Qantas Points to your children’s frequent flyer accounts so you can redeem the flights using their accumulated points.

      You can use our guide on how to transfer your Qantas Frequent Flyer Points to family members for further information.

      I hope this has helped.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    JohnSeptember 13, 2016

    How many points are required to travel from Melbourne to Tokyo business class in October 2017?

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      SallySeptember 14, 2016Staff

      Hi John,

      Thanks for your question.

      You can use the Qantas Points calculator to estimate how many points you’ll need, though the amount may vary depending on the particular flight you choose.

      According to the Qantas Points calculator, you’d need 57,600 Qantas Points to fly business class from Melbourne to Tokyo.

      When you’re booking your flight, you can choose to pay with points and it’ll show you how many points you need to redeem the flight before you check out.

      I hope this has helped.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    JohnAugust 31, 2016

    What are my possible destinations traveling at the cheapest time of year? I HAVE 17,000 points.

    • Staff
      AnndyAugust 31, 2016Staff

      Hi John,

      Thanks for your question.

      I’ve sent you an email with a link to Qantas Points Calculator where you can check some possible destinations for the points you have already accumulated.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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